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DoD Voluntary Education Partnership Compliance Information

Department of Defense Voluntary Education Partnership Compliance Information

Recruiting, Marketing, and Advertising

USC Upstate maintains the highest integrity to ensure we refrain from providing commission, bonus, or other incentive payments based directly or indirectly on securing enrollments or federal financial aid (including Tuition Assistance funds) to any persons or entities engaged in any student recruiting, admission activities, or making decisions regarding the award of student financial assistance.  Additionally, USC Upstate will not use high-pressure recruitment tactics to enroll students. The university follows the regulations set forth by the Department of Education (34 C.F.R 668.71-668.75 and 668.14).

Pre-Enrollment Information

USC Upstate ensures that staff members follow the Department of Defense Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).  Additionally, the institution directs Service members to speak with their Educational Services Officer (ESO) or counselor within their Military Service prior to enrolling the student in the institution.

Per DoD MOU paragraph 4.d.

Approved Courses. If an eligible Service member decides to use TA, educational institutions will enroll him or her only after the TA is approved by the individual’s Service. Service members will be solely responsible for all tuition costs without this prior approval. This requirement does not prohibit an educational institution from pre-registering a Service member in a course in order to secure a slot in the course. If a school enrolls the Service member before the appropriate Service approves Military TA, then the Service member could be responsible for the tuition. All Military TA must be requested and approved prior to the start date of the course. The Military TA is approved on a course-by-course basis and only for the specific course(s) and class dates that a Service member requests. If a military student “self-identifies” their eligibility and the Service has not approved the funding, then the Service member will be solely responsible for all tuition costs, not the Service.

Point of Contact 

USC Upstate’s Director of Financial Aid is the point of contact and management controls in place to ensure that a financial aid advisor and /or loan counselor is trained and qualified prior to the offering, recommending, arranging, signing up, or enrolling Service Members for federal or private student loans. 

All USC Upstate students, including Service Members, are able to access our Scholarships and Aid to learn more about financial aid at USC Upstate.

Student Cohort Default Rate

The USC Upstate student loan Cohort Default Rate is located on the Financial Aid and Scholarships Student Consumer Information web page under the National Student Loan Data System section. To learn more about USC Upstate Cohort Default rate, visit the Federal Student Aid Default Rates web page.

Unearned TA Funds Policy

USC Upstate’s Office of Financial Aid utilizes one policy for refunds (Title IV, TA funds, and other payments). For more information about the policy as published in the Financial Aid Administration and Finance Division, view the Refund of Academic Tuition and Fees policy.